Amazing Audiobooks Nominations
Updated June 3, 2016
Amazing Audiobooks Nominations
13 Treasures by Michelle Harrison, read by Nicola Barber. Hachette Audio, 2016. 7 hours, 58 minutes; digital. 978-1-4789-1083-1. Thirteen year old Tanya has the ability to hear and see fairies. She spends her summer with her grandmother at Elvesden Manor where she meets many different creatures including Morwenna, a girl who disappeared 50 years ago into the fairy world. Barber does an excellent job sharing this magical world with listeners.
Adventures from the Land of Stories by Chris Colfer, read by Chris Colfer. Hachette Audio, 2015. 3 hours; 4 discs. 978-1-4789-6005-8. Queen Little Red Riding Hood has some tips on how to be a beloved royal and Mother Goose gives you the story behind the stories in her personal diary that spans 500 years of history. Both of these tales are given the royal treatment by the author and narrator, Chris Colfer.
Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savrit, read by Allan Corduner. Listening Library, 2016. 6 hours, 31 minutes; 6 discs. 978-1-1018-9183-4. After her father is taken away, Anna finds herself being cared for by a mysterious man she calls the Swallow Man. They travel the countryside to stay safe during WWII, but the harsh reality of the war constantly creeps in. Corduner's deep, story-teller voice gives this tale an air of mystery and solemnity.
Between Us and the Moon by Rebecca Maizel, read by Luci Christian. Blackstone Audio, 2015. 10 hours; 8 discs. 978-1-5046-5670-2. Sarah has always loved astronomy, but stands firmly in the shadow of her older sister who is leaving soon for Juilliard. For one summer, she pretends to be more like her sister and finds new friends, love, and a mess that she has to take ownership of. With the Cape Cod setting and Christian's light and easy tone, this is the perfect audiobook for summer.
Bitter Side of Sweet, The by Tara Sullivan read by J.D. Jackson. Tantor, 2016. 9 hours, 30 minutes. 8 discs. 978-1-5159-0113-6. Amadou and his brother, Seydou, tricked into slavery on a cacao plantation in the Ivory Coast, have lost all hope of paying off their debts and returning home. However, when Khadija, the only girl on the plantation, keeps fighting for her freedom against all odds, Amadou realizes he must recover hope and courage so that all three have a chance at escape. Jackson gives the subject matter the weight it deserves with his melodious tones and light African accents.
Casquette Girls by Alys Arden, read by Kate Rudd. Brilliance Audio, 2015. 17 hours, 48 minutes; 14 discs. 978-1-5113-2740-4. Adele returns to her beloved New Orleans after a hurricane only to accidently release vampires who are equally destructive. Rudd nimbly switches from French to Italian to island dialects in this gothic, paranormal, mystery romance adding depth and understanding to a dark historical look at the city’s mythologies.
Demon Dentist, by David Walliams, read by David Walliams, Jocelyn Jee Esien, Nitin Ganatra. Harper Audio, 2016, 4 hours, 38 minutes; digital. 987-0-062404398-4. Who doesn't have a fear of dentists? A wacky cast of characters including a tooth witch, a dying father, an odd duck boy, his girl friend (yes girl and friend, of which we are reminded repeatedly) a foreign social worker and let the charades (to be read with a british accent - as this is a British book with Brit wit) begin.
Girl with the Wrong Name, The by Barnabas Miller, read by Ali Ahn. Recorded Books, 2016. 8 hours 30 minutes; 8 discs. 978-1-5019-1111-8. Theo Lane’s world changes the night she was attacked and left with a scar across her face. Withdrawing from her friends, Theo finds refuge in secretly documenting strangers; then she meets Andy. Ahn utilizes text cues and a variety of accents to thoroughly immerse readers into the story.
Half Lost by Sally Green, read by Carl Prekopp. Listening Library, 2016. 8 hours 39 minutes; 7 discs. 978-0-1475-2561-1. In this third and final volume, Nathan and the rest of the Alliance are losing the war against the Council of White Witches. Nathan is struggling deal with being a killer like his father and his vision which shows him killing even more. Prekopp’s narration with distinctive accents and attention to text clues and along with sound effects makes this a listening adventure.
Last Bogler, The by Catherine Jinks, read by Mandy Williams. Listening Library, 2016. 7 hours 46 minutes; 7 discs. 978-0-399-56837-4. Victorian London is being plagued by bogles and Alfred Bunce along with his assistants knows how to get rid of them, if the Sewer Office will let them. Williams entertains listeners with lively singing and engaging characters in this companion novel to A Plague of Bogles.
Manners and Mutiny by Gail Carriger, read by Moira Quirk. Hachette Audio, 2015. 10 hours; 9 discs. 978-1-4789-6182-6. In this final book of the Finishing School series, the intelligencers from Mademoiselle Geraldine’s must finally snuff out the Picklemen. Sophronia and her friends are the last line of defense to save to school! Quirk’s ability to do a wide range of accents allows the many characters in this story to shine.
My Name Is Not Friday by John Walter, read by Dion Graham. Scholastic, 2016, 9 hours, 56 minutes; Digital Download. 978-0-5459-1106-1. It’s the end of the Civil War and brothers, Samuel and Joshua, are free black boys living in an orphanage. When Samuel takes the blame for one of Joshua’s tricks, he is sold into slavery, taking readers on a journey that will hopefully lead to freedom once again. Dion’s use of textual clues and pacing makes this a historical fiction for readers old and young.
Memory of Light, The by Francisco X. Stork, read by Frankie Corzo. Scholastic, 2016, 9 hours, 19 minutes; 8 discs. 978-0-5459-1093-4. Vicky Cruz wakes up in the psychiatric ward of Lakeview Hospital after trying to commit suicide. She meets new friends who inspire her to find the strength to carry on. Inspired in part by the author's own experience with depression. Corzo’s gentle voice will connect listeners to Vicky as she recovers and finds the reasons why life is worth living.
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, read by Jorjeana Marie, Will Damron, Cassandra Morris, Michael Crouch. Listening Library, 2015. 8 hours, 48 minutes; 7 discs. 978-0-1475-2545-1. In 1945, four teenagers from different countries find their paths have all lead to a voyage on the Wilhelm Gustloff, which is based on the true story of the most deadly maritime disaster. Marie, Damon, Morris, and Crouch effectively embody each of their characters making this historical novel unforgettable.
Skeleton Tree, The by Iain Lawrence, read by Christopher Gebauer. Recorded Books, 2016. 7 hours, 45 minutes; 7 discs. 978-1-5019-0222-2. Christopher and Frank go on a sailing trip with their Uncle Jack but when the boat capsizes the boys find themselves stranded on the coast of Alaska. Lawrence breathes mystery into a story that will captivate readers who have enjoyed books like Hatchet or Lord of the Flies.
Smell of Other People’s Houses, The by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock, read by Jorjeana Marie, Erin Tripp, Karissa Vacker, and Robbie Daymond. Listening Library, 2016. 5 hours, 37 minutes; 5 discs. 978-0-1475-2373-0. Four lives are weaved together during the early years of Alaska's statehood - a place that is unlike any other. Ruth, Dora, Alyce, and Hank are all hoping to change their lives and find family along the way. Multiple narrators allow each character to resonate in his or her own voice.
Soundless by Richelle Mead, read by Kim Mai Guest. Listening Library, 2016. 8 hours, 19 minutes; 7 discs. 978-1-1019-2546-1. When Fei regains her hearing--lost to her mountaintop people generations earlier--she knows she has a chance to seek help at last by descending to the kingdom at its base. Guest’s unvarnished narration gives beautiful voice to a people without speech.
Symptoms of Being Human, by Jeff Garvin, read by Tom Phelan. Harper Audio, 2016. 7 hours, 45 minutes; digital. 978-0-3995-6608-0. Riley is the child of a congressman and is gender fluid. This gets explained in the book, and like Riley's parents it was a new term for me as well. We see the world in which Riley navigates with fear and trepidation in school and at home. And we experience his life as a public figure and as someone trying to "fit" in a world where he will never blend in. Sincere narration brings this troubled character to life with kindness and compassion.
Terrible Typhoid Mary by Susan Campbell Baroletti, read by Donna Postel. Dreamscape, 2015. 3 hours, 20 minutes. 3 discs. 978-1-6814-1513-0. We have all probably used the term Typhoid Mary, but, now we get the inside story in a well researched, non-fiction book that reads like a drama and a mystery. The story of Mary Mallon comes to life with this telling especially when the narrator speaks in Mary’s voice.
This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp, read by Nick Podehl, Whitney Dykhouse, Kate Rudd, Lauren Ezzo, Amy McFadden, Brittany Pressley, and Scott Merriman. Brilliance Audio, 2016. 6 hours, 13 minutes. 5 discs. 978-1-5113-2340-6. A whole school can be changed in a matter of minutes. Told from the perspective of four students, this tale of a school shooting gives us a peek into the horror and desperation of the victims. A full cast of narrators allows the voices of each student to show the confusion and terror masterfully.
Traffick by Ellen Hopkins, read by Kirby Hayborne, Julia Whelan, Madeleine Maby, Rebekkah Ross, Jaques Roy. Simon & Schuster, 2016. 8 hours, 30 minutes. 7discs. 978-1-5082-1400-7. The sequel to Tricks, this audiobook follows the five teens who have been victimized by the sex trade as they try to face their demons and attempt to change their lives. Multiple narrators give voice to a dark, raw listen that offers a glimmer of hope.
Wink Poppy Midnight, by April Genevieve Tucholke, read by Michael Crouch, Alicyn Packard, and Caitlin Davies. Listening Library, 2016, 5 hours, 40 minutes; 5 discs. 978-0-3995-6474-1. Midnight is caught between two girls in a dark, mysterious fairytale with more questions then answers. Crouch, Packard and Davies work together beautifully in this emotional mystery, bringing clarity and depth to the characters.